The Volpicelli Center Philosophy
The Volpicelli Center treats individuals suffering from substance abuse issues on an outpatient basis, providing clients with individualized weekly and biweekly treatment services. Using medically supervised, evidence-based practices, The Volpicelli Center’s Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) enables individuals struggling with addiction to attend to all academic, vocational, and familial obligations while receiving care. For those suffering from opiate or alcohol withdrawal, The Volpicelli Center provides ambulatory detoxification, allowing for maximum comfort while recovering in one’s own home.
Areas of Specialization
Intensive Outpatient treatment has largely become the treatment of choice lately as it enables you to continue to work and be with your family and friends (support systems).
Attentive Professional Care
While you receive treatment at the Volpicelli Center you will have a team of professionals involved in your care. This team consists of a physician, physician assistant, nurse or medical assistant. The “physician of record,” will supervise your treatment and determine when you are ready to be discharged.
Meet the Staff
Joseph Volpicelli, M.D., Ph.D.
Dr. Volpicelli graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1981 and completed his residency there in 1985. Since then he has spent the last twenty-five years as a pioneer in clinical research, education, and practice. Throughout this time, he was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania and Senior Scientist at the Pennsylvania VA Center for Research on Addictive Disorders. Dr. Volpicelli is also the author of “Recovery Options: The Complete Guide” and “Combining Medication and Psychosocial Treatments for Addictions: The Brenda Approach.” Dr. Volpicelli has led the way in the integration of medications with psychotherapy support to treat addictions. His research on the use of Naltrexone led to the first new medication to be approved by the FDA for alcohol treatment in nearly fifty years.
Kris joined the practice in 2011, but originally hails from California where she worked in social services for the County of San Luis Obisbo. Kris is not only the office manager, but also a great asset to patients as she applies her background towards assisting with a variety of services including help with both insurance and pharmaceutical companies.
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ABOUT VOLPICELLI CENTER
Located in the Philadelphia suburb of Plymouth Meeting, the Volpicelli Center provides outpatient care to adults struggling with substance use disorder. Specifically, the center offers one of just 26 ambulatory detox programs in Pennsylvania (meaning that such detox programs are available at just 5.2 percent of Pennsylvania rehabs). Detox is offered as a first step in a longer-term outpatient program that includes medication-assisted treatment (MAT) and aftercare.
TREATMENT & ASSESSMENT
The Volpicelli Center’s treatment combines medications with behavioral therapies and social support. The center is among the 36.3 percent of Pennsylvania-based facilities that offer programming with the opioid blocker Vivitrol. Details of other medications in use at the center are not currently available.
The program tends to last one year and progresses in several phases. First, clients undergo an initial medical and psychiatric evaluation, which is followed by ambulatory detoxification, if needed — meaning that clients who need to withdraw from drugs can do so in the comfort of their own home.
Next, clients attend three months of weekly sessions to manage their medication and receive mental health support, followed by a further three months of biweekly sessions. The aftercare program consists of monthly check-ins and usually lasts for six months.
The team includes three physicians as well as counselors and nurses. The Volpicelli Center also serves as a research and training center, helping guide physicians, nurses, and other professionals in the field.
Rehabs.com has not received any reviews from this facility’s alumni, affiliated friends or family members, or staff, however, secondary sites do yield some reviews, and they're unanimously glowing: the Volpicelli Center has three five-star ratings on Facebook (where the facility can manage its own page) and two five-star ratings on Google.  Note that one of these ratings was left by the owner of the facility, and another by a fellow doctor he met at a conference.
"Great Staff / Always there when you need them / there's even a number u can call when they're closed if you need to talk, so literAlly 24-7 / No One is looking at the clock to see if your time is up / Highly recommend if you're seeking this type of treatment out for you or a loved one," Amanda wrote on Google in the only other piece of commentary that accompanied the stellar ratings.
The Volpicelli Center is in-network with Aetna (positioning the center among the 69.7 percent of Pennsylvania-based facilities that accept private insurance), and can provide receipts for treatment for anyone wishing to submit an out-of-network claim.
Published on June 2019
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